The V.I. Haka

A Picture History

The Maori haka involves the entire body in vigorous rhythmic movements, which may include swaying, slapping of the chest and thighs, stamping, and gestures of stylized violence. It is accompanied by a chant and, in some cases, by fierce facial expressions meant to intimidate, such as bulging eyes and the sticking out of the tongue. Though often associated with the traditional battle preparations of male warriors, haka may be performed by both men and women, and several varieties of the dance fulfill social functions within Maori culture.

The most famous haka is "Ka Mate," composed about 1820 by the Maori chief Te Rauparaha. It became known to the world at large when, in the early 20th century, it was incorporated into the pregame ritual of New Zealand's national rugby union team, the All Blacks.

Ka Mate! Ka Mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Ka Mate! Ka Mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru
Nana nei I tiki mai
Whakawhiti te ra
A upa ... ne! ka upa!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!

In 2003 an unknown group of boys staged an unscheduled performance
during the School Sports meet.

V.I. Fan Club perform their version the following year (2004)

A performance at the basketball court (2006)

A mass performance by the whole school (2007)

VI Prefects Commemorating Science and Mathematics Week (2010)

Performance of haka in the school hall for visiting exchange students
from Zushi Kaisei High School in Japan (2010)

VI Sports Day (2012)

The VI Interact Club (2012)

Students celebrating the last day of their SPM exams (2012)

At the VI vs MCKK rugby match, the visitors turn the tables
on their hosts at the VI ground (2013)

Students celebrating the last day of their SPM exams (2016)

VI Haka Prom Night Royal Chulan Hotel (2016)

Interact Club Treasure Hunt (2017)

VI International Understanding Day at Auditorium DBKL (2017)

VI Sports Day (2017)

VI The V.I. Web Page

Created on February 5, 2020.
Updated on February 6, 2020.